Lets see, starting with the Masters, there was Tiger Woods, Mark OMeara and Mike Weir. The U.S. Open saw Corey Pavin, Steve Jones, Retief Goosen and Jim Furyk in the victory celebration. Tom Lehman, Justin Leonard, Paul Lawrie and David Duval won British Opens. In the PGA, Mickelson had to look at Mark Brooks, Davis Love III, Vijay Singh, David Toms, Rich Beem and Sean Micheel march by him. The ultimate insult had to be when a rookie, Ben Curtis, won the British Open last year to get a major before Phil finally made it.
Mickelson has his major now, finally winning the Masters in a scintillating Sunday duel. He won it in a manner totally befitting a major champion, nosing out another major champion, Ernie Els, who shot a 67. Phil shot a 31 on the back nine Sunday and won it with a birdie on the final hole.
His resume is littered by almosts, as well as other entries that merely look good on paper. All, however, contributed to the legend, one that now is forgotten. He is no longer the best player never to win a major. At age 34, he has won one. And with the season hes having, he well could win another this year.
QUOTE - Im going to take him (Price) skiing next year, said Mickelson, who was involved in a skiing mishap the preceding winter and had a metal rod inserted in his leg.
QUOTE ' Im giving myself opportunities. If I give myself enough, Im going to break through.
QUOTE ' My heart goes out to him (Norman). I just hope it doesnt happen to me.
QUOTE - When I had opportunities to get it going, it just stalled the last three days If I can keep putting myself in that position, the odds say Ill break through sometime.
QUOTE - I think it will be interesting to see if Im able to break though when I get in this situation again. And it will be interesting to see how long it takes me to get back in this situation.
QUOTE - When I look back on this week, if Im going to win with Tiger in the field, I cant afford to make the mistakes Ive been making.
QUOTE ' Im just tired of beating myself up after each one. If I didnt have a shot at winning, I would be much more miserable than I am now.'
QUOTE - Everyone talks about me trying to win a bunch of majors, and I still cant past the first one.
QUOTE - Every tournament, every major is an opportunity, and throughout the four days I played very solid golf, but I didnt have that explosive spurt to vault me up the leaderboard.
QUOTE - (after wife Amy endured a difficult delivery with their third child) You cant look at success in wins and losses. You have to look at it in your own terms.
I feel very comfortable going into major championships. I know if I play well, Ill have a chance.
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